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Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'

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They needed the source code for that?

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Siberian crooks dev'd custom malware in ATM slurp heist scheme

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What's more

They see sticking ATMs on a normal corporate network as "convenient" rather than "a f*cking great security breach just itching to happen".

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Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

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How about that?

The novelty of football hooligans pretty much transporting themselves to the labour camps before having a fight. Good way to save on policing costs.

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US iPad to get BBC pay app - with 'handcrafted British feel'

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@Paul Durrent: A lot less I would hope

When people don't really have a choice - I doubt the majority know how to/can be arsed using time-shifted versus realtime viewing - you can really stick it up them. When you have to tempt them in the face of bittorrent availability pricing *should be* more competitive. Brits get rooted, rest of us can pick and choose.

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Frenchies, Germans wave fat pipes at embarrassed Brits

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Is a valid point

What constitutes it can make a massive difference and it would be interesting to know the threshold and whether it's download only or if upload counts.

Also some geographically challenged countries like Australia are not as challenged as you first think. Certainly they're screwed when it comes to the upper end of the stats (getting 90, 95+% etc) onto something but to get a boost over the UK it is remarkably easy due to the concentration of the population in a few municipal centres. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth make up 50% of the population as at the 2006 census.

Getting good superfast broadband availability then becomes much easy for the early part of the rollout hence having a better score than the UK. Also these centres are pretty well covered by Foxtel cable network giving availability of 17MB/1MB cable broadband (minimum speed) with up to 30/1 speeds. Price is not so good at the moment. It's come down to around GBP 44/month for a 50GB cap at present. Not sure how this compares.

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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Filter fail

Of course it won't work but politicians never let facts get in the way of a popularity contest or soundbite. This sort of behaviour is exactly what I hated about the last Government. Let the public know that nothing is their fault and that big buddy Government will shield you from all the nastiness and all you do is create a nation of contemptibly stupid mollycoddled dickheads - not the majority but a very vocal "I know my rights" minority. We've all encountered them. It's about time some of these idiots were given a bit of education about parenting rather than having their ineptitude pandered to. If they want to bring in legislation how about something along the lines of "before you get an internet connection you'll need to have gotten a clue else use the library"?

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'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one

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@AC

Apart from the decision being that he isn't an employee therefore this should be a small boost for contractors. Hence HMRC should probably just STFU and move on.

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Brits blow millions on over-priced ink

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Re:Cheaper ink

The other issue you get with cheaper ink is that when you don't use the manufacturer branded paper (kodak is a good alternative as they tell you how to adjust the print settings) and ink and you print out photos you'll find it pretty hard to get a good colour match without calibrating the device which is beyond the capability of a lot of users. Random chance may get you there but likely the prints will look a touch shitty - I speak from personal experience. So whilst they are robbing you they are also guaranteeing you some kind of output quality.

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Meet the Oz teen behind Operation Titstorm

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I'm thinking

misappropriation of taxpayer funds would be a good starting point.

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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Access Speed

"BluRay is about capacity and access speed."

Is that including the 5 minutes it takes for the last generation of players to actually turn themselves on?

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Unarmed Royal Navy T45 destroyer breaks down mid-Atlantic

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Out of interest

Why do you use Tornados rather than Eurofighters? We paid enough for them, at least get the bastards out of the hangars.

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Toyota Auris hybrid e-car

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Another point

What are the servicing costs and intervals like on these things compared with a standard petrol or diesel? No point saving on fuel to just piss it all away in servicing costs. No road tax is nice though but I think my olds manage that with their diesel.

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IIRC

I believe the problems with diesels in the US is to do with the quality of the fuel available. Here in Oz the Government had to mandate a standard before vehicles could be imported and used - the fuel was just too shitty. Only in the past couple of years have they (European, but mainly German cars) become popular.

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Apple MacBook Air 11.6in sub-notebook

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dude!

"I currently have more than 10 laptops all less than 3 years old, ranging from several 15" desktop replacement models, to a few 13" ultramobiles, a 12" ultraportable wannabe, and a 9" netbook"

You either need to read more product reviews or try before you buy unless you run a company with about 5+ staff.

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@handle

It's a comment I often make (and will no-doubt get marked down for) but Apple products are always priced to be only competitive within the range and not so much externally - caveat that certain models in certain ranges do compare well but you need to hunt out that sweet spot. Steve has chosen his corporate pricing point in life and I guess he's doing pretty well out of it. All power to him I guess. Literally.

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re:camera cards

You'd be surprised just how rotten transfer times/speeds can be when connecting through the physical camera itself. I often wonder whether manufacturers are sticking left-over USB 1.1 controllers in them it can be so bad. Card adapters are always the way to go and use the same USB->mini-USB (I think) cable.

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@handle

It'd be great if Apple supported a lot of modern "standard" ports - think eSATA, USB 3.0 (albeit a recent addition) - but you just kind of sigh and put up with what Jobsworth has decided upon. I would gladly forgo several of the USB ports on my machine for just one of eSATA or USB 3.0 to give decent external disk transfer times without the firewire 800 port premium.

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@Tony - reboxing

My shiny new 27" i7 iMac needed reboxing as soon as I unpacked it because it has shit stuck between the glass panel and the display which is about as big a quality-control faux-pas as you could ever wish to get save for a vital innard missing.

However the support dude and manager were suitably shocked by this and a replacement whipped out post-haste - I guess what the OEM lacked in quality control the vendor made up for in customer support. Still sucks that something so obvious (it was a large piece of debris) got missed. How this compares I do not know as I have, personally, never had to send back a machine before - perhaps you could elaborate?

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I disagree (squared)

"This is a full class (though a bit underpowered for gaming) machine"

It's a full class last-generation architecture machine. I would not consider paying that much cash for a poxy old core 2. The screen is definitely not great. Having seen it next to the macpro 13" laptop it's screen looked decidedly wishy-washy. It's a great concept, for sure, but not a great outcome when spec and price are considered - and anyone who overlooks that price is a fool to themselves.

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Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive

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Comparisons

I'd like to see it compared with a LaCie Fastkey (http://www.lacie.com/au/products/product.htm?pid=11590) which has 60GB and 120GB variants and a convenient form factor as well as hardware AES 256 encryption.

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VAT fraudster gets 9 years for refusing £40m bill

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Not quite

Whether he has the money or not is quite important as the justice system needs to work within the confines of the law it supposedly enforces - it is not proportionate to try to force someone to pay back that which they have pissed up the wall. Where the burden of proof lay is a different argument. It's all crap anyway as if he got 15 years originally the 9 would be concurrent.

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Stoke Council avoids fine over lost childcare data on USB stick farce

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don't agree with the logic

"public sector workers are under the same constraints as private sector, the bosses really don't like finding a big hole made in their budgets because an employee has done something they shouldn't have"

A whole doesn't get made in the budget because they have some form of revenue raising power which they then use to fill the shortfall.

Personal accountability is much more effective. In private sector you'd probably get the boot, does that ever happen in the public sector without a large "their-their petal" pay-off?

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Man denies charges he hacked Fed Reserve network

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Go figure..

<quote>When Poo was arrested in October, agents recovered a “heavily encrypted laptop computer” that included “financial account data and personal identifying information, including more than 400,000 credit card, debit card and bank account numbers,” according to documents filed in court last week.</quote>

Either he told them the password or his encryption was actually shite.

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Putting the internet into neutral, or neutering the net?

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Silly bastard

"So who or what is going to protect Skype? Consumers' freedom to change operators, says Kroes."

So when all operators block it because there is nothing to be gained by not doing so - market forces argument has always been piss-weak when faced with the anti-competitiveness of major companies, just look at the international air freight price fixing for an example - where will the poor little consumer go then? This is *the* reason for her having a job, namely to sort out crap like this because market forces are with the biggest bully.

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Adobe (finally) adds security sandbox to Reader

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FAIL

PDF applications?

Man, that just sounds sooooo wrong.

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Samsung UE55C9000 55in LCD 3D TV

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Power Draw

"In terms of power draw the set sucks in less than a watt on stand by, but takes a relatively hefty 209W or so in Dynamic mode or around 150W in the Movie mode, which operates with reduced brightness."

Compared with my c.2005 plasma that's nothing (over 300W). Even though it's a good'un they still used to suck up the juice back in the day and it can double as a heater when the weather cools a little.

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Sweden to issue international arrest warrant for Assange

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Expected

I'm sure he expected to be stung when he kept poking wasps' nests - likewise you can argue fairness, morality, and legality with them all you like too.

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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Agreed

I certainly won't be buying one until my current HD TV needs replacing and they're all there is in the shops. Tried a demo of a pricey Panasonic one the other day and just found it nauseating. Give me a decent picture and accompanying plot over some pointless nausea inducing latest-fad crud anytime.

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3D

I found, even on a demo on a bloody expensive TV, that the 3D effect was something akin to watching puppets on one of those Playschool/Blue Peter 3D theatre stages made out of a cereal packet and various pieces of coloured card stuck at varying distances into it.

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Those govt cuts - slasher horror or history-changing brilliance?

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@Mike Richards

1. Cleaners - they simply outsource cleaning to someone that employs illegal immigrants or people that will live x-to-a-room (as has been stated).

2. Rent Control - rents have been rising because so have house prices and hence the mortgages required to pay for them. As a rough guide work out the repayment for the LTV percentage of the property price that does not attract an indemnity/insurance fee at the prevailing market lending rate. i.e. repayment on 80% of 300,000 at market rate of x% is Y. This (Y) is pretty much what you'll be looking at rents being. Obviously deviations occur in areas of high or low supply but it should approximate. Rent control is also state interference in markets and that level of meddling doesn't tend to go too well. You could of course not sell off all of the public housing in the first place and then you don't have to pay market related rents because you own the things.

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Exposed: leaked body scans published online

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Air Force one

"Problem is Air Force One does not enforce a groin grope of the Pres every flight. Things would change pretty quick if they did."

Not if Bill Clinton was still in power.

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Facebook unveils 'next-gen' messaging system

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@BorkedAgain

You mean they've made a Doris Stokes app?

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Fail

"The idea was that we would take conversation across all different mediums and weave them together,"

Then sell it all to the highest bidder.

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Google accused of hard-coding own links in search

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Real Issue

The real issue is anti-trust and their abuse of their monopoly. I fully expect them to get the same size of slap that MS got from the EU.

So the evidence from the Google executive stating they put their stuff first isn't a smoking gun in your opinion?

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Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs

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@AC: Wrong

You find out other people are having the same problem by accessing the internet using your shiny iPhone or iPad of course.

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Top 500 supers: China rides GPUs to world domination

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Yeah but, no but

"the GPU's flops are relatively inexpensive and the overall machine should offer excellent bang for the buck - provided workloads can scale across the ceepie-geepie of course"

Yes, but how useful is that power to the users? It's all well and good smashing a benchmark but aren't there quite a few restrictions on getting this speed from the system? To do with the size of data used and making sure it stays close to the GPU (all sort of shenanigans with getting it to stay on cache or at least on board etc) rather than moving out towards main memory i.e. the slower CPU only systems may be faster in real world usage no?

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Samsung's Android tablet: split and eviscerated

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Yep, roughly

2MP on a compact is around 1800x1000 or so pixels. For close viewing you want around 200 dpi for printing (the dots here being the pixels from the image) which translates to 9"x5".

I believe that 3MP is normally considered the minimum for A4 printing and remember my old (c2001) Sony DSC-P3 (I think) creating some great images of this size so your recollection is certainly in the ball park. I think my sister still uses the camera to this day.

Where the higher pixel count comes in is for the casual photographer who doesn't get things right in camera and needs to crop afterwards (digital zoom after the fact), but current double-digit pixel counts are counter-productive due to noise etc and I believe Panasonic came out once and said that anything higher than 10MP in a compact is pointless.

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Twitter joke martyr loses appeal

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Menacing

Judge Davies (and most of the judiciary) obviously needs to pull her head out of her arse just occasionally to sample the real world. By literal dictionary definition it may be possible to construe as menacing but context is important. He's obviously a silly sod for writing it in the current security theatrics but she's just joined him in the sin-bin for stupidity.

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MAD Students Union bars 'racist' ZOMBIE PHYSICISTS

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Students

Is this now an official pastime for those wishing to avoid work for 4 years after leaving school?

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Falklands hero Marine: Save the Harrier, scrap the Tornado

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F*ck Merriam Webster

I've always understood decimation to be

1. The Roman 1-in-10 version

2. More recently (in terms of human history) bastardised into meaning massacred/suffered massive losses.

Version 1 first and foremost though. Given the 6 from 60 another commenter quoted I'd say it's unfair to summise that Lewis was using it in the context of massive losses and would err on the side of him having used it to refer to the 1-in-10 nature of the losses.

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UK.gov closes wiretap loopholes after Phorm row

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Re:City of London Police

Are there to serve the interests of themselves and nobody else. To all intents and purposes they're just jumped up traffic wardens that wonder around (only on sunny days) hassling photographers.

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Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg

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Tesco scales

When I last worked there pre-Uni (admittedly a fair while ago) the scales wouldn't weigh if they weren't zeroed

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Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world

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Evolution

"This new evidence for the earliest securely dated ground-edge implement in the world indicates that Australia was an important locale of technological innovation 35,000 years ago,"

and that's when the innovation hit a brick wall. From ground-edged implements to 6 litre Utes in just 35,000 years God bless'em. Although I'm not entirely sure the Ute drivers in question are as advanced as the peoples using the aforementioned implements - their knuckles definitely hang lower.

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GCHQ goes Google

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@AC

Very topical.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

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Definitely nope.

"4. Aggressive pricing--Apple has really gone for the pricing jugular on this one and will continue to do so because they can already count on selling 10s of millions of units. "

For the $1099 they charge for the top of the line iPad I can buy a 15.6" i5 Samsung laptop. It may well be apples and oranges in terms of form factor but that isn't competitively priced in anyone's language when you bear in mind the ultimate capability of each.

The problem is that Apple prices things competitively within their own line-up which, let's face it, is a parallel universe of pricing in parts. I am an Apple user by choice, more the OS than anything else, and I cannot be arsed with the hassle of Hackintosh's so I face facts and pay up.

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Fedora 14: haven for Ubuntu's homeless GNOMEs

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Installers

"It's also worth mentioning that Fedora still has the best Linux installer I've used, with the option to customize and tweak your installed software before installation. It's something Ubuntu should really consider offering."

Maybe, maybe not. You did, after all, mention that the two distros are effectively aimed at developers and newbies respectively and therefore that would explain the differences in the installers - as you like it vs. click once. I suppose they could placate people by having a checkbox or something but if they're not targeting those users then it's wasted effort.

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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

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It is and it isn't

It doesn't stop you from installing what you want but I can kind of understand the issues with restriction/effective restraint of trade. People new to the platform or just not that techy will not doubt be drawn towards this app repository and hence be directed towards the apps that are allowed in rather than the best app for the job which kind of leads towards a rather warped survival of the fittest.

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The terabyte iPad is coming

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Agree

Especially with regards trusting stuff to the cloud for backup. For one, with all the cameras now out there taking HD video at around 13GB/hr best of luck syncing that on your average plan. Same goes for photos from compact cameras unless you have an old 3MP one and take around 5 photos per month.

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Murder victim-mocking troll jailed

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Terms of reference

Dispicable fuck-stick would me more applicable still

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Gentlemen, start your engines – with your phone!

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@AC

Do you know how much fuel is used on tick-over for a modern diesel? About 0.1 litres/hr for a 2 litre engine. Fuck all in the scheme of things. Pulling away with a touch too much lead in the boot is far more of an issue.

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